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Who Are the Murdered Prophets?
Dear Brother Ron
"Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your
forefathers who killed them. So you testify that you approve of what your
forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.
Because of this, God in his wisdom said, 'I will send them prophets and
apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.'
Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the
prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood
of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the
sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it
To whom Jesus is addressing here, Jews or non-Jews? Who are the Prophets
killed before him? The only biblical Prophet who was martyred I know of is
John the Baptist. Who else was Jesus talking about?
The phrase you cite is from Matthew 23:29-36. Since the passage begins with
the words "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites", it is obvious
who Jesus is talking to in this passage. There are several mentions of
prophets being martyred in the Bible:
1 Kings 18:4 "While Jezebel was killing off the LORD's prophets, Obadiah had
taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and
had supplied them with food and water."
2 Kings 6:31 "He said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the
head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!"
2 Chronicles 24:21 "But they plotted against him (Zachariah), and by order
of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's temple."
Jeremiah 26:23 "They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King
Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword and his body thrown into the
burial place of the common people."
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